Bellevue man faces seventh DUI charge

BELLEVUE - A Bellevue man entered a not guilty plea to his seventh driving under the influence charge Tuesday. Stephen M. Zehnder, 42, of 120 High St., is scheduled to appear for a Bellevue Municipal Court pretrial hearing March 20.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 24, 2010

 

BELLEVUE — A Bellevue man entered a not guilty plea to his seventh driving under the influence charge Tuesday.

Stephen M. Zehnder, 42, of 120 High St., is scheduled to appear for a Bellevue Municipal Court pretrial hearing March 20.

A clerk said the charge was a first-degree misdemeanor because it is the suspect's third DUI in six years. A felony charge requires four convictions in six years.

On Saturday, the state Highway Patrol stopped Zehnder on U.S. 20 on the eastern edge of the Bellevue city limits in connection with a suspected equipment violation. He was taken to the Bellevue Police Department where "he refused our official test," Lt. Jim Bryan said, and was released.

"He has six prior (DUI) convictions," the Norwalk post commander said.

Zehnder's first DUI conviction through Norwalk Municipal Court was in 1990, Norwalk Law Director Jim Conway said.

In 2005, Judge John Ridge sentenced the Bellevue man to five years of intensive-supervision probation, fined him $1,100 and suspended half of a 180-day jail sentence stemming from a Monroeville DUI offense, Conway said.